The Head Coach of Rivers United FC, Stanley Eguma, has said that the Ossy Martins’ 20th minute goal that earned his team a vital away point in the clash against Niger Tornadoes was a good result.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Rivers United got a hard-fought point in a riveting Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) clash against Niger Tornadoes in Minna on Wednesday.
The Match Day 2 game of the Group A abridged NPFL fixtures finished 1-1 at a charged Bako Kontagora Stadium.
The Media Officer of the team, Sammy Wejinya, said yesterday that United’s Coach Eguma also voiced his sentiments on the result of the game as he commended his players for executing his game plan to perfection.
“I thank my players for putting up a good effort today. It was a good game but this is just the beginning.
“The two teams played good football. We expected a win but we got a draw,” he said in a statement.
Wejinya also said that the Rivers United gaffer had to rejig his team to achieve the desired result.
“The United technical manager, Eguma, made nine changes from the club’s last competitive game, the dire AITEO Cup defeat to Abia Warriors, in Lagos in October 2018.
“Chigozie Ihunda and Weli Christian were the two survivors from the side that lost to the Warriors but new entrants like Drissa Bamba, Temple Emekayi, Konan Ruffin, Wasiu Jimoh and Martins earned their stripes on Wednesday with gutsy displays worthy of the storied badge.
“The game exploded into life in the 67th minute with Eric Frimpong putting the hosts in front in deserved fashion.
“The effort was a thing of beauty as the Ghanaian got on the end of a flowing team move, waltzed past the United back line before passing the ball gloriously into the top corner past a shocked Bamba who didn’t move a muscle.
“Wasiu was the architect of the leveler as he raced down the bye line before delivering with inch perfect precision for Ossy Martins to stab home in cold-blooded fashion from point blank range,” he said.
Rivers United will next face Katsina United in Port Harcourt on Sunday, while Tornadoes embark on the trip up North to Gombe where they are expected to go toe to toe with Wikki Tourists at the Pantami Stadium.